Alan Clutterbuck, 38, previously served a 30-month jail sentence in 2009 for 21 offences relating to the distribution and possession of indecent images of children.
He was found to have a host of Category A images of child abuse, defined as images of child abuse involving penetrative sexual activity or images involving beastiality, or sadism.
The paedophile also had Category B pictures of babies, relating to non-penetrative sexual activity.
Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, at Liverpool Crown Court said: “Police raided his Orford home in 2017 and found among a number of computers, hard drives and laptops, a PlayStation 3 hard drive containing 61 images of abused children.
He said: “There is no doubt that this man has a predisposition to a sexual interest in children.
“He is an intelligent man who at 16 started to become interested in adult pornography which then developed into children.
“For a long period of his life it was an obsession and he would seek out these images.
“He was convicted in 2009 and in his own words he said he was ‘glad’ because this marked an end to that part of his life.
“He understands that this is child abuse and this brings him great shame.”
Clutterbuck’s problem is “ongoing” after serving his sentence, the court heard.
He was also said to have visited “deviant” websites to “go back to the community he was previously frequenting”.
Judge Gary Woodhall, said: “Your own admissions to the police are concerning.
“The website searches found on your tablet display your deviant interests. You entered a chatroom in 2017 with the title relating to indecent images of children.
“Privacy software on your laptop meant police were not able to recover all of the files. Your frank, unhealthy interests in young children is ongoing.
“Due to the complicated age of the offences and the previous sentence you served, I have to consider whether the sentence you received from the judge in 2009 would have changed if he knew about the additional 61 images.
“A community order is the best way to get rehabilitation for you and to protect the public from you.”
Clutterbuck, of Greenings Court, Warrington, was given a three-year community order.
He was told to carry out 120 hours unpaid work, a 20-day rehabilitation activity and to complete a treatment programme with Horizon.
The Horizon programme is delivered to men considered to be at a medium, high or very high risk of reoffending.
He is under a sexual harm and prevention order for life.
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